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to the great f.b.i. work of that time and that day, as soon as they landed, the plot was foiled, the american citizens were cap tiewmpletd an. and in 1944, 1945 and i think maybe as late as 1956, the american citizens who aided the german saboteurs were held as enemy combatants and tried in a military court and three of them were hanged. their case went to the united states supreme court and the supreme court says, when you joined the forces of our enemy, you're committing an act of war, not a common crime. tokyo rose sided with the japanese. she was tried and given a life sentence. since 9/11, there have been three american citizens who have been with al qaeda or the taliban or affiliated groups. they have been held as enemy combatants. they have gone to trial in civilian court. and the courts have blessed the holding of american citizens as enemy combatants. rumsfeld v. hamdi was an american citizen who was captured in afghanistan, held under the law of war as an enemy combatant who was eventually tried. the court said, as in world war ii, we can hold one of our own as an enemy combatant, r
that the f.b.i. maintains, depends on the states sending information to the f.b.i. that they could use to screen out gun buyers. as a matter of fact, the shooter at the virginia tech had been adjudicated mentally ill by the state of virginia, but that information was never forwarded to the f.b.i. to be used on a background check. so he could therefore purchase weapons without a hit occurring on the nics background check system. after 2008, we passed legislation encourage the states, trying to incentivize them to send the information to the f.b.i. so that wouldn't happen again. and we know from the general accountability of course, the g.a.o., that the report of compliance with that law is dismal indeed. many states just simply haven't done it. i believe there are things we can do to further incentivize the states to send that information so that the background check system maintained by the f.b.i. actually works to preclude shooters like the virginia tech shooter from legally buying weapons because there would be a hit on the background check system, and he would be stopped from that s
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